La Pinguina En Fuego | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels with habaneros

Added by Patches826 on 12-29-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by zachary80:
Photo of zachary80
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid head recedes. Great stout aroma, with a little greenness/vegetalness from the peppers, with plenty of sweetness. Flavor comes through with the underlying stout, pepper throughout with a slightly lingering heat, and rum on the finish; bitterness+roast/sweetness is balanced. Good body and the pepper may add a slight dryness. Overall a very enjoyable pepper imperial stout, not sure how much is added by the rum.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, "bottled 12/9-16"

Pours the expected near black, minor mocha cap quickly goes to a thin collar and leaves some nice looking super fine sheeting and low fields of lace. Nice look for this style

Dark malts, black coffee and a back note of chili peppers on the nose.

On the palate it is again, coffee, also dark chocolate, scorched chili pepper and moderate and quite noticeable chili burn/heat. As with most hotter chili beers this will not be for everybody, but if you are a fan and like heat...this is a no-brainer....pick up a bottle and enjoy it fresh while the chili is still churning and firing up your taste buds...tasty stuff...

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark brown in color with minimal penetration to light. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is dominated by the rum barrels. I'm tasting plenty of rum, some caramel and then the finish is habaneros and more light rum. The mouth is moderately alcoholic and warm with habaneros.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful BA brew: thick dark tan head with very good retention and tons of lacing, all sitting modestly atop a purplish-black body, transparent at the edges.

The aroma foreshadows the flavor, with huge, vegetal notes of habaneros, cocoa powder, oak, and sugary rum.

On the palate, huge notes of chocolate, along with lesser notes of coffee, provide the bulk of the malt experience, with a touch of roasty char just to round out the base. The habaneros are apparent from the first moment, with a green, vinous, vegetal flavor, and plenty of heat - but with enough restraint to remain eminently drinkable. Perhaps the best balance of a spicy pepper I've ever had in a beer.

And then there's the rum! Masterfully integrated into the overall profile, the rum provides sweet notes of caramel and sugar, along with a duller oak tone. It is a perfect balance of influence and dominance, asserting its presence without ever becoming the main feature.

Mouthfeel: 11%? I'm in trouble. This is thick, delectable, wonderful, and very, very addictive. Far too easy to drink!

What a wonderful beer! I'm going to run out and buy quite a few; it's that good.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 2+ fingers of pillowy mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing, viscious

S: Coffee & chocolate, figs

T: Follows the nose with plenty of pepper heat, plus dryness up front. More heat & chocolate as this warms & some faint figgyness. Finishes with plenty of heat, dryness, a & little charred grain & rummy molasses notes

MF: Fairly thick, moderate carbonation

A good Imp Sout with a little to much heat for me to be truly on board with, but glad I tried it

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zonker17
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great level of heat working with the stout base. Rum barrel present but muted.

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Photo of morimech
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Seldom let down by Clown Shoes barrel-aged beer. A finger of head forms and settles to a thin cap. Sticky lacing is left down the glass. The rum barrel makes itself known immediately in the aroma. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, earth, and some tropical fruit. First sip seems like a straight up rum barrel-aged stout until the chile heat bites and burns the back of the throat. The tropical fruit notes of the chile compliments the beer's more forward flavors of rum, vanilla, and chocolate. Alcohol is barely detected. The heat also helps cut the sweet nature of the stout. Large body and smoothly carbonated. Lovely texture.

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Photo of rjp217
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with only patches of bubbles and no lacing. A bit of a gusher on opening. Aroma of dark toasted malt, a hint of chocolate, some rum fruit notes and a light pepper burn. Flavor is moderate dark toasted malt, cocoa, mild rum and a distinct habanero pepper burn that builds into a peppery and dark malt finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation despite nearly still pour. When I ordered this, I asked about the age and was told less than a year; but the gusher on opening and somewhat muted flavors indicate to me that this is the original bottling from late 2016, so a few years old. All told, it has held up well and the gushing did not foretell infection as I feared. Overall, there is good balance here with a good malt body, light rum and chocolate flavors and a good habanero bite, which considering how potent these peppers can be, is at a level that was quite drinkable, although it does mask the rum flavor so much that the barrel notes are about lost. The light rum shows up in the early taste and works well with the stout malt; I find rum an enjoyable flavor with good stouts. Good as expected from this brewery and delivers on its promise of a peppery stout. They did a good job of not making this very hot pepper too burning in the stout, although it is not tame.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a small tan head. Smells of peppers, sweet chocolate, spice (cinnamon, cardamom), and some roasted malts. Tastes of habaneros, milk chocolate, roasted malts, some alcohol, and spices. Medium-heavy with light carbonation and some mild heat (only on the back of the throat). Overall a very good chili imperial stout.

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Photo of BdM
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PicoPapa
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Bottled 12/09/16. Pours a black color with ruby hues and almost no head. Some lacing. Sweet aroma of rum, coconut, chocolate syrup, roasted malts and some hot peppers. The taste is sweet Rum followed up by the habanero heat. Cocoa, roasted malts and some earth. Rum and habanero heat finish. This one’s aged for over a year so I’m guessing some of the heat has subsided, but it’s still got a good deal of spice to it. Body is on the light side for the style. Noticeable alcohol presence. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a small fizzy head that fades quickly, very dark black beer with hints of light coming through the thin parts.

NOse is somewhat like a Black Tuesday, lots of roasted barley, a bit of char and acrid burnt malts, big dark chocolate, chocolate pudding skin, a little fudge and nougat, burnt caramel and creme brulee, a little sweet candy rum, vanilla barrel, butterscotch, a little booze tingles the nose, faint peppery notes

Taste brings a lot more roast and chocolate, big dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, etc, a little milk chocolate burnt lactose thing, with loads more roast but not burnt or acrid really this time, some burnt caramel though, and chocolate pudding, nougat, etc. Quickly comes the pepper heat, a fair heat combines with the alcohol for a tingle, a little habanero flavor but barely, thick creamy beer sits on the tongue, almost chewy, with more fudge caramel nougat and toffee notes adding candy bar characters, some vanilla barrel and a little fruity sweet rum but not much. Finish is sticky sweet, a little alcohol burning the nostrils even, tons of pepper heat lingering, and caramel creme brulee with cocoa.

Mouth is heavier bod, thick and chewy, plenty of pepper heat and alcohol burn, decent carb.

Overall thankfully it at least delivers nicely on the pepper heat, and nice base beer, wish the rum was more, and wish the habanero flavor itself was more, I love the flavor of habaneros. A slow sipper beer that is fairly enjoyable.

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La Pinguina En Fuego from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 66 ratings